BATON ROUGE (AP) — After much speculation, Republican Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has confirmed that he plans to join the wide-open 2023 race to succeed Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Nungesser, who has long been considered likely to throw his hat into the gubernatorial race, addressed the rumors during a visit to Lake Providence on Tuesday, WAFB-9 reported.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr., who spent a term in the U.S. House and ran the budget committee in the Louisiana House before leading the state Democratic party, has died. He was 88.
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana company that specializes in painting commercial aircraft plans to spend $2.5 million to expand its services and, in the process, create 100 new jobs, state officials said Thursday.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Amid worsening problems at a south Louisiana juvenile detention facility — including a weekend escape that allegedly ended with a violent carjacking — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that some of the youths will be temporarily moved to the state penitentiary at Angola.
BRIDGE CITY, La. (AP) — Another group of six youths has escaped from a suburban New Orleans juvenile detention center that was rocked by a June riot.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the six broke out of the Bridge City Center for Youth around 2:30 a.m.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Despite some Louisiana Republicans hoping to overturn the governor's recent vetoes, including legislation that would have implemented tougher criminal sentences and banning COVID-19 vacciation status checks to enter certain buildings, the GOP-dominated legislature voted not to hold an override session this week.
PLAIN DEALING, La. (AP) — A Canadian forestry products company has begun work on a $110 million sawmill in northwest Louisiana, officials said Monday.
The Teal Jones Group bought sawmills in Antlers, Oklahoma; Kinsale and Martinsville, Virginia; and Liberty, Mississippi, between 2013 and 2021, but this will be the first it has built in the United States, a spokesman said in an email Monday.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power.
As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a Republican-drawn map with white majorities in five of six districts.
GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) — State leaders have broken ground for a $463 million project that will elevate 8.3 miles of La. 1, one of the state's hurricane evacuation routes.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office.
Edwards says that he does not currently have symptoms and will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will isolate for five days.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make doctors who perform abortions subject to prison terms of one to 10 years — a measure that would take effect when and if the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing abortion rights is overturned.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday vetoed 17 recently passed bills, including legislation that would toughen criminal sentences and ban government entities from denying building entry based on a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A request by Louisiana legislative leaders to extend the deadline of completing a new congressional map — that must include a second majority-Black district — was rejected by a federal judge Thursday.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Wednesday to redesign congressional maps that a federal judge threw out for violating the Voting Rights Act, resuming their work amid growing frustrations under a looming court deadline.
Louisiana’s legislative leaders are asking for at least 10 more days to comply with a federal judge’s order to redraw congressional districts so two have Black majorities.
A federal appeals court has lifted its hold on Louisiana’s congressional redistricting.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has put on hold a district judge’s order for Louisiana to redraw new congressional districts by June 20 to include a second majority Black district.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday called a special legislative session to redraw Louisiana's congressional boundary lines after a map adopted by the Republican-dominated Legislature was blocked by a federal judge in Baton Rouge.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill increasing the amount of time some non-violent offenders must spend in prison before earning good-behavior release or parole was vetoed Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who called it a “significant rollback” of the state's 2017 prison reform efforts.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor said Monday he will call the Republican-dominated Legislature into special session soon to draw up new congressional district boundaries, now that a federal judge has blocked use of maps that have only one majority-Black district.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High school students working to earn free college tuition through Louisiana's TOPS state scholarship program could take computer coding instead of a foreign language under a bill passed Monday amid complaints efforts to revive the French language could be undermined.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House-passed legislation to erase Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day from a list of Louisiana holidays was approved 28-4 on Friday by the state Senate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposed law to prevent Louisiana women from getting abortion-inducing drugs by mail won final passage in the state’s Legislature on Friday.
The state Senate voted 31-1 to approve House changes to the bill by Sen.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said there was “no excuse” for a video he watched of the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene failing to reach prosecutors for another six months. But he maintained he couldn't have known at the time that the footage had not already been turned over.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Invoking the mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers last week at a Texas elementary school, a panel of Louisiana legislators has converted a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit into one allowing trained teachers to carry guns on public school campuses.
Gov. John Bel Edwards agreed on Wednesday to a request from Louisiana lawmakers that he and his top attorneys testify before a bipartisan committee investigating allegations of a cover-up in the deadly 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed legislation that supporters said would open up loan opportunities for people who need credit — but that opponents said enabled predatory lending.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Legislature is heading into its final week after a Memorial Day weekend break, with major budget work completed and a debate that divided opponents settled.
Other issues remain unresolved as the session nears its deadline for adjournment, June 6 at 6 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers has completed an extensive system of floodgates, strengthened levees and other protections.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With racial tensions still simmering over the killing of George Floyd, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his top lawyers gathered in a state police conference room in October 2020 to prepare for the fallout from a troubling case closer to home: troopers’ deadly arrest of Ronald Greene.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s bond credit rating has moved up a notch.
The new rating by Moody’s Investors Service will save the state about $750,000 a year in interest for every $300 million in bonds issued, state Treasurer John Schroder said.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana economic development officials said Wednesday that 20 jobs will be created in Acadia Parish when a rice milling company invests $16.2 million in facilities to make ready-to-eat products.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill to keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams won final legislative passage Monday in the state Senate, meaning Gov.
BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — The Louisiana House granted final legislative passage Thursday to a $39 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The vote to accept various Senate changes to the bill was 88-7.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has agreed to remove the COVID-19 vaccine from the list of vaccines students are required to get to enroll in school in the state, officials said Wednesday.
A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls' athletic teams was approved Tuesday 72-21 by the state House, moving the bill closer to the desk of Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out charges Friday against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings early in the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor's executive orders violated freedom of religion.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat with a history of opposing abortion rights, came out Wednesday emphatically against legislation that could subject women to prosecution and prison for getting abortions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Higher tax revenue is helping add nearly $350 million to Louisiana’s general fund budget for the fiscal year that ends at the end of next month and $104 million in projected revenue for the year that starts July 1.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Funeral services will be held Tuesday for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during protests over the police killing of a Black man.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dog will do the honors at the “ribbon cutting” for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s new pet clinic.
A toy will be attached to a ribbon held by VIPs at the Stephenson Pet Clinic on Monday afternoon, and a Belgian Malinois named Mac will pull it away from them, veterinary school spokeswoman Ginger Guttner said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s longest-serving state fire marshal is stepping down.
Butch Browning is leaving office to become executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals later this month, according to Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nick Tullier, a Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during a summer of protests over the police killing of a Black man, died Thursday at age 47.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged state residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as hurricane season approaches, saying at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he was about to get his second booster — his fourth COVID-19 shot overall.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams moved a step closer to passage Wednesday, despite opposition from Gov.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene are preparing to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for refusing to turn over his journals after talks broke down Monday in a dispute over an entry mentioning police brutality and Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Competing ideas on what to do about the impending end of a 0.45% state sales tax — and the more than $420 million it generates annually — are on the way to the Louisiana House of Representatives.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bills to limit actions state and local governments can take to control COVID-19 continue to advance in the 2022 legislative session.
The full House voted 70-28 on Tuesday for a bill by Metairie Republican Stephanie Hilferty that would exempt state-owned buildings — such as the Superdome in New Orleans — from local government emergency provisions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — State House members in Louisiana voted Monday to fine-tune a law enabling either the House or the Senate to end or alter a governor’s emergency declarations.
The bill by Abita Springs Republican Lawrence Frieman follows clashes between Democratic Gov.